Baroque Violin Pattern

9:08 PM
Violin pattern attributed to a Cremonese workshop, 17th century.

Zoomorphic Islamic Calligraphy

2:16 PM
The calligraphic art of Hassan Musa from Sudan, re-blogged from Biblio-Odyssey .

Historic Chinese Cats

12:38 AM
Emperor Xuangdong, Ming Dynasty, "Cats below flowers" Anonymous, Song Dynasty, "Cats playing" Anonymous, Song Dynasty . Many many thanks to the amazing blog Poemas del río Wang for having compiled a huge collection of Chinese cat paintings, both historic and contemporary, from where I found the ones above:


12:21 PM
BioShock is a first-person shooter game developed by Irrational Games and designed by Ken Levine. Set in an alternate history 1960, the game places the player in the role of a plane crash survivor named Jack, who must explore the underwater city of Rapture, and survive attacks by the mutated beings and mechanical drones that populate it. The game incorporates elements found in role-playing and survival games, and is described by the developers …

Patent Drawings

2:03 PM
The U. S. National Archives collection on Flickr is one of the greatest places to find visual communication history related material. 131 sets in total, and one of them is all about patent application drawings, mostly from the 19th Century - although there are a few contemporary prize gems (such as Michael Jackson's application for anti-gravity shoes) as well: View the full set  here >>> .

Electrolux Cooker Hood - Family Lunch

3:04 PM
Found on  Centralasian's wonderful Flickr stream . While this appears to be a contemporary illustration, it still has a great retro feel to it and so I am labeling it accordingly.
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